Dear MCPS Community,
Thank you for your participation and engagement in the selection of new curricular and instructional materials for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics over the past several months. We are now in the final stages of the selection process. As a result, I am writing to provide you with an update in advance of the Board of Education meeting on January 8, 2019.
Over the past several weeks, extensive evaluation ratings, feedback and data has been collected, reviewed and analyzed. . Some of these data sources included: technicalreviews; external evaluations; references from other districts; the content core team reviews; vendor presentations; interviews; online demonstrations for the public; and discussions with senior leadership. We have initiated contract negotiations with recommended finalists.
These recommended finalists include:
• PreK-5 Mathematics: Eureka Math (Great Minds)
• Grades 6-8 Mathematics: LearnZillion Illustrative Mathematics (LearnZillion)
• Grades 6-8 ELA: StudySync (McGraw Hill Education)
It is anticipated that these recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education for action at the Board meeting on January 8, 2019. Please note that these final recommendations are contingent on Board of Education approval and successful contract negotiations with each of the vendors. We invite you to watch the January 8 Board meeting, when more detail about the process and the strong merits of the materials selected will be shared.
Please also note that evaluation processes and references checks are still underway for PreK-5 ELA. It is anticipated that the elementary ELA product will be recommended to the Board of Education on February 12, 2019. In addition, evaluation and selection processes are still ongoing for high school Algebra I.
Please continue to visit the MCPS Curriculum Review webpage for information about the curriculum selection process and public announcements. Thank you again for your engagement in this process and Happy New Year!
Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Montgomery County Public Schools